News - Thursday 31 July, 2014
- Commonwealth Bronze for Kelsey-Lee Roberts!
No doubt everyone was up at the crack of dawn this morning (31 July), tuning in to Channel Ten to watch Kelsey-Lee Roberts compete in the Javelin at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. In an exciting competition Kelsey-Lee won the bronze medal! Here is an edited version of the Athletics Australia report:
Kim Mickle (WA) has won the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games women's javelin final and fellow Australian Kelsey-Lee Roberts (ACT) has claimed bronze in the same event in a memorable evening session of Day Four of the athletics at Hampden Park in Glasgow (SCO).
Mickle, the 2013 IAAF World Championships silver medallist and a favourite for gold, made her intentions clear right from the outset. Her very first throw of the competition broke the Commonwealth Games women's javelin record as it landed at 62.97m. The record didn't last long however as she then broke it with her second throw of the competition which went even further. Her second attempt reached 65.96m, a distance that no one else in the event could match.
"I've dreamed of this moment - well literally I've visualized it - for the last month," said a delighted Mickle after the medal ceremony. "Every single night I've pictured myself on top of the dais. So I was just saying before I hope I don't wake up in ten minutes... and it was another dream. It was the way I scripted it in my head, though for it to actually happen the way I felt it should is pretty sweet."
When asked about her first record-breaking throws Mickle said "That was a case of 'make sure you get one out' and nice and comfortable. The second one, once I knew that (first one) was out, that's when I unleashed."
The battle for the silver and bronze medals was intense with the third Australian in the event, Kathryn Mitchell (Vic), sitting in position to stand on the dais until the very final round. It was then however that Roberts unleashed her best throw of the competition of 62.95m to leapfrog both Mitchell and South African Sunette Viljoen into second place. Viljoen responded however with a throw of 63.19m of her own to snatch silver ahead of Roberts and consign Mitchell to fourth place despite her best of 62.59m.
"Coming In of course I always want to come in and throw a PB (but) winning the bronze medal, that was always the goal," Roberts said. "This whole experience was all about learning as much as I can so I am better prepared for next time. It was actually a very close competition for the minor medals. Sunette came out and overtook me. I tried not to think about that. It's probably one of the worst things you can do is think about numbers and think about places, so I tried to put that out of my mind and think about my rhythm and my timing. Just getting down the runway and executing a good throw, which I managed to do."
- SCT June Email Update:
Just an update on the recent SCT AGM.
First of all, congratulations to Garry Hosking and Geoff Monro who were both awarded life membership of the club, in recognition of their long term commitments! Garry has been a member of the club and coach for over 30 years, and first joined as a kid in 1963. Geoff has been a member for over 20 years and was the club president for 9 years - the equal most of anyone in our club's history.
The official positions are relatively unchanged, with Ryan Young still as president and Mike Sexton still as treasurer, but Jane McGlew has stepped down after 10 years as the Vikings representative correspondent and Peter Hosking is now in that role. Finally, Jonathan Tammen (that's me) has taken on Peter's former role as secretary.
For those of you who don't know me, I joined the club in 2010 and regularly compete in long and high jump at a state and national level. I joined the committee in January and I'm excited to be getting more involved in the club!
Reproduced below is the President's Report for the past year that was presented at the AGM.
If you have any questions or suggestions about the club, please do get in touch.
- President's Report 2013/14:
The last year has been a successful one for the club on a number of fronts. We had very strong elite
performances, numbers continue to be up in our participation events and we remain one of the
stronger clubs in the ACT. A special thanks goes to the committed Officials and volunteers from our
club who make a critical contribution to the running of all Athletics ACT events.
At the elite level, 3 SCT athletes were selected in Australian teams. Jillian Hosking competed at the
World Mountain Running Championships last September. Libby Hosking competed in the World
Race Walking Cup in the Under 20 age group recently in April. She was part of the Australian team
that took home bronze for the first time ever in that event. Finally, Kelsey-Lee Roberts was selected
in the Commonwealth Games team in the javelin after a break out summer of competition. She is
the first SCT athlete to make the team for a major championship for a very long time.
Well done as well to all the SCT athletes who competed at national championships in the last year.
There are too many to name here but we do very well for a small club in the ACT.
Our participation focus is starting to pay some dividends. The Tuggeranong parkrun that we helped
establish and continue to support is typically getting around 200 on a Saturday morning. We will be
using this as a source of future club members as people there get more serious about their running.
Partly as a result of the parkrun, we had record numbers at the Turkey Run in December and the
winter Fadden Pines series has had the most numbers so far this year in several years.
I am also very pleased that our investment a couple of years ago in coaches is paying dividends.
Chris and Nathan McNab have started a new sprinting group based at Banks. This is attracting
runners and has produced our club open women's summer point score champion. Jonathon Tammen
has also started coaching jumps from the qualification we supported. I see building a strong group
of coaches as vital to a strong, vibrant club.
A special thank you to the dedicated committee members who keep the club humming. A special
thanks to Jane McGlew who is standing down as the Vikings Representative after 10 years in the
position. She has done a fantastic job and he effort and commitment is greatly appreciated.
Finally, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or suggestions
about the club. I am looking forward to another good year.
- Team Bronze for Libby Hosking:
News from Athletics ACT: "Libby Hosking represented Australia at the 2014 World Walking Cup U20 in Taicang, China on the 4th of May. The team of which Libby was part managed to claim the bronze medal! This is the first time that an Australian junior team had medalled at this level. Libby walked 49:21 for the 10k, a 22 second PB."
- Fadden Pines record start!
SCT's Fadden Pines Schools' Cross Country season commenced on 4 May with a record number of competitors. Results from the first day of competition will be published on the website on Tuesday 6 May. Further information about Fadden Pines is available here.
- SCT May Email Update:
Just a quick update with a few things I'd like to mention.
It's May and that means it's time for our club AGM. Please come along to the AGM to show support for South Canberra and to have your say on the direction that we take for the coming year.
Date: Wednesday 21 May 2014
Location: Downstairs Meeting Room, Erindale Vikings Club, 6 Ricardo St, Wanniassa ACT 2903
I am pleased to notify you that both Gary Hosking and Geoff Monro have been nominated for life membership with our club. We will be voting on this at the upcoming AGM.
The ever popular Fadden Pines series is starting again and the first race is on this Sunday at 3pm. It is a weekly series which will be running through the Winter. Cost is $30 for the season or $3 per race. Location: Fadden Pines picnic area, Bugden Avenue, Gowrie.
Racewalking World Cup
Elizabeth Hosking is representing Australia in the Under 20 Womens 10km at the Race World Cup in China on This Saturday 3 May. Elizabeth has been an athlete at our club for several years and has been quite successful as a junior in racewalking. She has recently comeback from a few years off serious competition and for her to reach this level this quickly is a great achievement.
Kelsey-Lee Roberts is representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games This July in Glasgow, Scotland. It's a fantastic achievement to make the team given the depth Australia has in Womens Javelin in recent years. You can read more about Kelsey-Lee and her journey so far in these two articles from The Canberra Times, here and here.
It's so great to see athletes from Canberra and our club reach the elite level. Best of luck to the both of you!
If you have any questions about any of the things I've mentioned above please let me know.
- Kelsey-Lee Roberts named in Commonwealth Games Team!
Wednesday 9 April:
SCT's Kelsey-Lee Roberts (javelin) was today named in Australia's team for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She joins a team of 45 athletes including five other ACT athletes - Martin Dent (marathon), Zoe Buckman (1500m), Melissa Breen (100m), Lauren Wells (400H) and Emily Brichacek (5000m). Well done Kelsey-Lee!
- SCT February Email Update:
The ACT Athletics Championships were held over the weekend Fri 7th - Sun 9th Feb and it was a great weekend for SCT and Athletics in general. It was particularly good to see several athletes competing in their first championships, as these athletes are the future of our club. You can find full results from the championships at the link below but I'd like to mention a few standout performances from SCT athletes over the weekend:
The strongest performances of the Friday night were in the 800m with South Canberra Athletes taking out the win in 4 different age group races! Really great to see and congratulations to you all.
Bridget Reilly, 1st, U20 Womens, 2:12.66
Emily French, 3rd, U18 Womens, 2:31.74
Rohan Hosking, 1st, U14 Men, 2:25.35
Keiran Reilly, 1st, U16 Men, 2:07.32
Adrian Plummer 1st, U18 Men, 1:58.59
Keiran Reilly, 2nd, U16 Mens, 43.33m
Elizabeth Hosking, 1st, U20 Womens 500m Race Walk, 26:26.11
Jordan Bardsley, 3rd U16 Womens 3000m Race Walk, 19:24.37
Emily French, 1st, U18 Womens, 5:22.55
Rohan Hosking, 2nd, U14 Mens, 5:03.52
Keiran Reilly, 2nd, U16 Mens, 4:30.84
Brandon Bardsley, 2nd U18 Mens, 4:15.76
Nathan McNab, U18 Mens, 23.15
Kelsey-Lee Roberts Commonwealth Games A Qualifier in the Womens Javelin!
A big congratulations to Kelsey-Lee Roberts who threw a massive PB of 63.92m in the Open Women's Javelin event to dominate the competition and qualify for the Commonwealth Games later this year! It's really exciting to see someone from South Canberra performing at a world class level and especially in Canberra!
There is an article about Kelsey-Lee which was in Sundays edition of the Canberra Times which you can access online here.
Ashleigh Lawrence, 2nd, U16 Womens, 9.29m
Keiran Reilly, 1st, U16 Mens, 12.20m
Nathan McNab, 3rd, U18 Mens, 11.53
Keiran Reilly, 3rd, U16 Mens, 55.05
Adrian Plummer, 1st U18 Mens, 50.49
Hugh McKenzie, U18 Mens, 53.5
A special mention goes out to Tim D'Abrera one of the AWD athletes who competed at the weekend. Tim competed in 8 events over the weekend which is a massive effort! Congratulations Tim!
As promised, here is the link to the full results for the championships.
If you competed, coached or volunteered over the weekend and would like to provide feedback about the event or any issue you encountered over the weekend, please email me and Ryan or myself will forward it on on your behalf.
- Record Broken at SCT's Annual Turkey Run!
A 'recent' record number of runners (63 in total) completed SCT's Annual Christmas Turkey Run at Fadden Pines on Sunday 22 December. There were also a few additional potential runners being pushed in strollers. A lovely morning at this free event was enjoyed by all. SCT provided cold drinks afterwards and generous Runners Shop vouchers were presented to the first three people who estimated most closely their finish time prior to this 'no watch' run/walk. The Runners Shop also provided running socks which were presented as random draw prizes.
Turkey Run results (Distance 3.554km):
1st place was Rad Leovic who was 1.73sec off his estimated time.
2nd place went to Jeremy Markwick who was 2.90sec off.
3rd place went to Phillip Holgin who was 3.90sec off.
The frozen turkey prize from Alf's Butchery was awarded to Shirley Fegan who was closest to a random time selected prior to the event. Contratulations Shirley! See you all next year. During the presentations Ryan reminded people about the Fadden Pines Schools' Cross Country which will be starting in May. Check back for further details closer to the commencement date.
- SCT December Email Update:
Just a quick email about the Turkey Run and a little bit of general information for December.
Tuggeranong Turkey Run
Every year SCT Athletics organises a 4km Turkey run at Fadden Pines. This year's event is on this Sunday the 22nd starting at 9am. Participants must guess their finish time for the course before they race and run without a watch, the person closest to their guessed time is the winner. This is the only type of race that you can walk leisurely with your friends and still win. We have some great prizes from the Runners Shop including vouchers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd as well as barrell draw prizes.
Just to recap the information:
Event: 4km (approx) Turkey Run.
Location: Fadden Pines Carpark, Bugden Avenue, Fadden.
Start time: 9am (please arrive at least 15 minutes early for registration).
It would be great to see as many as you as possible down on Sunday morning to support the club at the Turkey Run.
If you have any questions please either respond to this email or call me on 0402 096 664.
The Runners Shop Sale
Every year the runners shop has a big sale in January, this year the sale has started early and is on now. There are some great savings on all leading brands of shoes and apparel. Please get down to The Runners Shop and support the local business that supports our club.
Address: 76 Dundas Court, Phillip.
Contact: 6285 3508
Last week the YMCA Runners Club had its annual Christmas Relays and we had a team in the relay. I'm told that it was a great event and our team went well. Thanks to everyone who ran or helped organise the team and timing!
I wish you all the best over Christmas and the holidays and I look forward to seeing you either this weekend at the Turkey Run or in the new year.
- Sad News:
Alan Bishop was a long standing member of South Canberra Tuggeranong over decades. He was on the committee in different positions through the years and was a coach to many, many people in Canberra.
We mentioned in a previous email that he passed away after being very ill. For those of us who knew Alan, there is a memorial service for him on this Sunday (8 December) at 11am. The location details are as follows:
Paint Box Fine Art Studio
32 Lonsdale Street
There will be an opportunity for anyone to say a few words during the memorial.
- Top Award for Kelsey-Lee Roberts:
SCT's Kelsey-Lee Roberts has won the Garry Knoke Memorial Award for Track & Field at the Annual AIS Awards presentation held last week. Congratulations Kelsey-Lee!
- SCT Annual Turkey Run!
SCT's popular 'Turkey Run' will be held on Sunday 22 December at Fadden Pines Picnic Area, Bugden Ave, Gowrie. Starting time will be 9AM for this free event. The course will be approximately 4k of 2 laps through the scenic pine forest. There will be an optional 1-lap course of approximately 2k. Prizes of a Christmas Turkey and Runners Shop shoe vouchers will be awarded to the runners who guess closest to their finishing times. No watches (or GPS) allowed! Entry is free so come along and enjoy a last 'race' of 2013!
- How to join SCT Athletics Club:
To join SCT you will need to complete an online membership of ACT Athletics and choose "South Canberra Tuggeranong" as your club when filling out the form. It's as simple as that! If you don't have a credit card, contact Mike or Geoff at the AIS track over summer.
- Coaches Association Fees:
The SCT committee has approved payment of Australian T & F Coaches Association annual fees for coaches connected with SCT who are actively coaching SCT athletes. Contact Mike Sexton for further details.
- SCT Tracksuits available!
We now have a good supply of club tracksuits. They are available from Mike Sexton or Jim White. The price is $100 for the full tracksuit or $60 for the top and $40 for the pants.
- More News...
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